How much should I pay to have my popcorn ceiling removed?

Submitted by: rudy Pico Rivera, CA USA (Saturday, January 15, 2011)

I don’t know what to charge on this job can you help me out please? I am removing popcorn material on ceilings in 2 bedrooms and the hallway. The room sizes are 10 x 10 both and hallway is 4 x 12.

There are many questions that have to be answered regarding the removal of a popcorn ceiling. First and foremost is the question of asbestos. The popcorn material should be lab tested to verify the composition of the material. If asbestos is present the removal and disposal of the popcorn material is regulated by local code. This is also a common sense ethical issue. If the material contains asbestos the contractor removing the material is morally obligated to act responsibly.

Secondly, the popcorn material was popular with builders because of the reduced installation cost. Pre-preparation of the drywall was minimal since the popcorn texture would hide most imperfections. Because of this, once the popcorn is removed the ceiling will require additional prep. Nail heads and tape lines will need to be mudded over and the ceiling will need to be primed.

The new texture will be applied, then the ceiling painted.

Costs for this work will vary greatly as will the quality of the workmanship that you will receive. Carefully interview the contractors bidding for the work – your health may depend on it.

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $900

Consensus Price: $1500

High Price: $4500

4 thoughts on “How much should I pay to have my popcorn ceiling removed?”

  1. I myself am about to start a job that requires 2 large living rooms a small hallway and 3 bedrooms that I have to remove popcorn ceiling and smooth out the ceilings. How much would be a good price for that much work ?

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